A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids play a game while brushing their teeth, which may entice them to brush for a full minute (less than the recommended time of two minutes), but it doesn't teach about oral hygiene.
Ease of Play
Setting up your device in the right way can require some creativity.
Products & Purchases
An icon in the settings menu takes users to other apps from the same developer in the iTunes store without a parent gate. An in-app purchase offers additional content.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Though parents tired of arguing with their kids about the importance of brushing their teeth may find this extra motivation appealing, it may not work for all. Brushing Hero is a cute idea and sure to appeal to kids. It's really neat to see yourself on-screen with the hero's helmet on and to see your actions affect the action on the screen. Kids may very well get their arms pumping in an effort to beat the monsters. Unfortunately, however, the timer only goes for one minute, despite the well-known recommendation to brush for at least two minutes. The three-hour wait period is a nice thought, as it's probably there to discourage kids from just wanting to play again and again and again. However, kids are forced to ignore the block and sacrifice points to play twice in a row so that they can follow the recommendation and brush for two minutes. Logistically, it can be tricky to get the device in the right place and at the right angle for it all to work well. More generally, some parents may want to think twice before they introduce a screen to yet another small ritual of their kids' lives without any embedded education about why the habit is important in the first place.
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